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Two Georgia Churches Grapple With the Shootings in Atlantaposted on March 30, 2021
Charles Bethea of The New Yorker reports on the dual experiences of two Georgia churches in the wake of the Atlanta shooting: one the home congregation of the shooter and another a Korean Baptist church a mere forty minutes east. A member of the Korean church, David Shin, told Bethea that there was a focus on unity as Sunday approached. “But there was also a shared desire, Shin said, particularly among many of the church’s younger members, to make sure this wasn’t categorized as ‘just another shooting,’” Bethea writes. The shooter’s Southern Baptist church, whose congregants are mostly white, condemned his crime as an act that he alone was responsible for and revoked his membership. Their service nonetheless avoided any mention of prejudice or racism.